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Send MAVLink message



sendmsg(mavlink,msg) sends a message to all connected MAVLink clients in the mavlinkio object.

sendmsg(mavlink,msg,client) sends a message to the MAVLink client specified as a mavlinkclient object. If the client is not connected, no message is sent.


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This example shows how to connect to MAVLink clients, inspect the list of topics, connections, and clients, and send messages through UDP ports using the MAVLink communication protocol.

Connect to a MAVLink client using the "common.xml" dialect. This local client communicates with any other clients through a UDP port.

dialect = mavlinkdialect("common.xml");
mavlink = mavlinkio(dialect);
ans = 

You can list all the active clients, connections, and topics for the MAVLink connection. Currently, there is only one client connection and no topics have received messages.

ans=1×4 table
    SystemID    ComponentID    ComponentType          AutopilotType     
    ________    ___________    ______________    _______________________

      255            1         "MAV_TYPE_GCS"    "MAV_AUTOPILOT_INVALID"

ans=1×2 table
    ConnectionName      ConnectionInfo   
    ______________    ___________________

    "Connection1"     "UDP@"

ans =

  0x5 empty table

    MessageID    MessageName    SystemID    ComponentID    MessageFrequency
    _________    ___________    ________    ___________    ________________

Create a subscriber for receiving messages on the client. This subscriber listens for the "HEARTBEAT" message topic with ID equal to 0.

sub = mavlinksub(mavlink,0);

Create a "HEARTBEAT" message using the mavlinkdialect object. Specify payload information and send the message over the MAVLink client.

msg = createmsg(dialect,"HEARTBEAT");
msg.Payload.type(:) = enum2num(dialect,'MAV_TYPE','MAV_TYPE_QUADROTOR');

Disconnect from the client.


Input Arguments

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MAVLink client connection, specified as a mavlinkio object.

MAVLink message, specified as a structure with the fields:

  • MsgID: Positive integer for message ID.

  • Payload: Structure containing fields for the specific message definition.

To create a blank message, use the createmsg with a mavlinkdialect object.

MAVLink client information, specified as a mavlinkclient object.

Version History

Introduced in R2019a